Tips and Ideas

Make a Do-It-Your-Self “Heat Seat”

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A friend of mine started having a great deal of pain with her sciatic area. I have had surgery for sciatic issues previously and found that heat was a help for the pain. It relaxed my muscles that would tense from the pain. I thought that a little warmth might help my friend also, so I decided to make her a “Heat Seat”. It is sort of a takeoff on my Girl Scout “Sit-Upon”, from days of old. Have I ever mentioned that I was a Girl Scout for 25 years? From Brownies to Senior Scout, then Troop Leader for two Girl Scout troops.

This particular sit-upon can be heated in the microwave or chilled in the freezer to provide a cold treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

A Saturday Surprise

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I usually check on my gardens every morning. I am always on the lookout for marauding bugs, or plant issues. This time I was greeted by this:


One of my strawberry plants has a blossom. Quite unexpected, since they are relatively new. I bought two 3″ pots on sale after Hurricane Irma. I brought them home and split each pot into two plants. Hopefully, the resulting four plants are the beginning of a border for one of my raised bed planters.

These are Quinault strawberries, the only plant available locally. From the plant propaganda it will be a hardy perennial that is everbearing, meaning that it may produce fruit from Spring through Fall. This year, I am not planning on harvesting any berries, I am much more interested in the plants producing new baby plants from their runners.

Have you grown Quinault strawberries?

Until next time


Where Does Time Go?

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I can’t believe that it has been a month since I last posted! I am retired but that doesn’t mean that I am sitting in my rocker doing nothing. It seems that my time just flies by! I keep myself busy every day.

Since this isn’t actually a sewing blog, but more of my personal journal of what I like, and see, and do, I am just going to post my random stuff. Today, I am going to show that I have been expanding my sewing to include bag making.

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This Old Dog Learned a New Trick

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Recently, I wrote about a treasure trove of presser feet that I received for my sewing machines. Although I was really after only a couple of the feet, I am discovering how to use some of the other feet in the collection. My latest learning experience (Who says you can’t learn something new after 70?) is using the pintuck foot. The new set had three different sizes of pintuck feet. I had to label them so I can tell them apart


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